Paul Vallone, the brother of City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., is jumping back into the Queens political scene.
Our Lisa L. Colangelo reports:
Vallone kicked off his City Council campaign this week with a fundraiser and party in Whitestone. He is eyeing the 19th district seat in northeast Queens currently held by Republican Dan Halloran, who lost a Congressional bid to Democratic state Assemblywoman Grace Meng.
“Northeast Queens has gone it alone for some time now, but the taxpayers in this community deserve their fair share from the city,” said Vallone, the son of former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr.
“I will work tirelessly to see that they receive what they are rightfully owed, including the proper funding to ensure our school districts remain the best in the city and that the public safety needs of our community are fully served.”
If this scenario seems familiar… that’s because it is.
Vallone ran in a crowded Democratic primary for the seat back in 2009. Newcomer Kevin Kim edged out Vallone and four other candidates before losing to Halloran in a bruising general election battle.
Vallone lives with his wife and three children in north Flushing. Campaign aides expect him to have $35,000 on hand by the upcoming Campaign Finance Board filing.
“Whether as a father, small business owner or president of the Clinton Democratic Club, Paul Vallone embodies the values of northeast Queens,” said campaign spokesman Austin Finan. “Paul is unquestionably the candidate best suited to win this seat back for the Democrats in November.”
Finan is also a veteran of Queens races, having worked on Meng’s successful primary and general election last year. He was also campaign manager for Assemblyman Ed Braunstein during his 2010 campaign.